Category Archives: reptiles

Readers’ wildlife photos (and video)

We have two photos today from Tara Tanaka (Vimeo page here, Flickr page here) in Florida, as well as a video she took a while back that I’ve never posted. First, the photos.  Meet Marshall the marsh rabbit. Note the small ears, the long legs, and the square face, almost like a capybara. Wikipedia says […]

Here’s the anole!

Did you spot the Anolis carolinensis in this morning’s pair of photos? Here’s the reveal (click to enlarge, click twice to make it REALLY BIG):  

Spot the anole!

Reader Barn Owl sent two phots of an Anolis lizard. These aren’t too hard, but can you spot them? Barn Owl’s notes: Attached are two “Spot the X, Suburban Backyard Edition” photos for your consideration.  Both photos include the same American anole (Anolis carolinensis), but are taken from different angles (and the animal moved in-between). Answer at […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

Reader Joe Dickinson has sent in a last installment of photos of the Galápagos (photos of Australia to come). His notes are indented: The Galapagos penguin (Spheniscus mendiculus) is, implausibly, found on the equator. Superficially similar, the Galapagos flightless cormorant (Phalacrocorax harrisi) has vestigial wings.  Flightless forms are, of course, common on islands. OK, cuteness […]

World Turtle Day + 1

by Greg Mayer I was not aware that yesterday was World Turtle Day. My only excuse is that I had spent the previous nine days in Costa Rica, and thus was largely out of touch with the Internet. (More on Costa Rica later.) So, a day late, here are my turtles. First, here’s Slidey, a […]

Readers’ turtles for World Turtle Day

Today is World Turtle Day, and at my request some readers have sent in their pet turtles (and two furry “turtles”). Here are their photos and notes (indented): Reader Divy Figueroa sent several turtles: My husband and I house many turtles from all over the world. Here are some pics of some of the species […]

Videos and a photo from Tara Tanaka

Earlier today my travelogue included a meeting with Tara Tanaka, a reader who’s contributed lots of videos to this site (her Vimeo page is here; her Flickr site is here).  While chatting, she asked me if I’d seen her two videos from earlier this year. I hadn’t, so am putting them up here. Her notes are indented; be […]

Readers’ wildlife photos

SEND IN YOUR WILDLIFE PHOTOS, please? I have a few sets to come up, but the tank is getting low. Thanks! We have some nice shots of Galápagos today from reader/biologist Joe Dickinson. His caption are indented. Here are some of the iconic giant tortoises (Chelonoidis nigra), Santa Cruz Island. Cattle egrets (Bubulcus ibis, introduced I […]

Here’s the snake!

Did you spot the rough-scaled snake? As msn news noted in its reveal, it was “hiding underneath the palm tree near the browning leaf to the left. . . The snake is gray in color and curled up, with its recognizable risen scales seen poking through the foliage.” The location is circled, and an enlargement, […]

Spot the snake!

Reader Malcolm called my attention to a spot-the-snake piece that appeared on msn news. Some information: The Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers based in Queensland, Australia have challenged their followers to spot a deadly and ultra-aggressive rough-scaled snake  [Tropidechis carinatus] hiding in the picture below. [Snake-catcher Lochi] said the snake was over four feet long and […]